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Sound Sabers no longer get rattled

FISHER – Home runs provide a dramatic moment in softball. No-hitters emphasize how dominant one individual was during the course of the game.

For high schoolers, homers and no-hitters aren't everyday occurrences.

Feeney, Hogan continue push

GIBSON CITY – St. Thomas More's Cara Feeney and St. Joseph-Ogden's Hannah Hogan know each other well.

The high school seniors have been competing in distance races at area track meets since the fifth or sixth grade.

Maroons finish job against Urbana

URBANA – The baseball teams at Urbana and Champaign Central haven't had much problem on offense this spring.

Defense? An entirely different matter.

Tuscola hires new football coach

TUSCOLA – Rick Reinhart, who compiled a 99-77 record in 18 seasons as the coach at Bethalto Civic Memorial, has agreed to become the next football coach at Tuscola, athletic director Ron O'Hearn said this morning. The move must be approved at the next Tuscola school board meeting April 28.

Reinhart, who spent last season coaching at Alton Marquette, is a member of the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame and a native of Tuscola.

Indiana gives Danville hall something to shoot for

NEW CASTLE, Ind. – It's about memories and remembering.

It's about the special moments of today that take less than 24 hours to become part of our glorious past.

Confident Carter on a roll

MONTICELLO – Last May, Tyler Carter left the state track meet in Charleston with three medals dangling from his neck. The Tuscola star placed in the triple jump (fifth), 110-meter hurdles (sixth) and was a member of the 800 relay team that finished eighth.

Carter's proud of his accomplishments from last year's meet but has set his goals higher for his final high school season.

Ruedi, Miller looking to make big impact at state

CHAMPAIGN – Centennial coach Don Waybright had a decision on his hands.

He could leave his top singles players, junior David Ruedi and senior Quinn Miller, apart and let them compete in singles in next month's postseason series. Or, he could put them together to compete in doubles, forsaking the singles route.

New digs for Tuscola football coach Wienke

TUSCOLA – Stan Wienke started looking for football coaching jobs in Iowa so he could be close to Iowa City and attend his son John's football games when the quarterback suits up for the Hawkeyes in the fall.

On Wednesday, the former Tuscola coach accepted an offer to be the head coach at Waterloo West, where he'll be close enough to see John on Saturdays – but not too close.

Hilltoppers' dedication goes beyond the diamond

DANVILLE – Every morning during the week when most area softball players are sound asleep, Schlarman coach Randy Skaggs is schooling his players on the finer points of the game in a class he calls Softball 101.

"We meet in the mornings at 7:05 in the library," Skaggs said. "What we cover during that time is the rule book, and then we also go over signs that we're going to use during the season. We cover mental situations that we might encounter and then also, probably almost every day, we take a quiz on the information we've learned."

The 76th News-Gazette All-State Boys' Basketball Team

Here are the 15 members of the 76th News-Gazette All-State boys' basketball team, as well as the second team, special mention and honorable mention players: